While Google continues to test its autonomous cars, Singapore's Nanyang Technological University will soon debut the Navia Autonomous Shuttle. The Navia will ferry passengers from the school to the nearby JTC Corporation's CleanTech Park. The shuttle was built by Induct Technology of France and can seat up to eight people. The Navia Autonomous Shuttle features four LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) units and stereoscopic optical cameras to guide itself from place to place.
All riders need to do is board the shuttle, select a destination via a touchscreen and enjoy the ride. Once the trip is complete the shuttle automatically goes back to its fast-charging station. The Navia won't go faster than 12 mph, so high-speed crashes won't be a worry. The idea behind the Navia Autonomous Shuttle is that one day it could be used to help alleviate the "the first mile and last mile" traffic issues that many urban transit systems deal with.
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